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Mission and Purpose

APASA strives for the following:

  • Promote the general welfare of Asian Pacific Islander (API) staff, faculty, and students at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Strengthen the professional and social networking between API staff and faculty, the Berkeley campus community, the University of California systemwide, and the general public
  • Encourage the recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention of API faculty, staff, and students
  • Review and assess campus issues and their impact on the API campus community
  • Act as an informative and proactive organization to address, develop, and influence policy recommendations that affect the Asian Pacific Islander community on the Berkeley campus
  • Connect to the (API) community beyond the Berkeley campus


Promote Inclusivity

APASA will increase membership engagement to less “visible” API staff and allies to recognize our API diversity, as well as maintaining a strong relationship with our current members. We will offer leadership opportunities through participation in subcommittees and panels, promote events that meet the needs of our constituents such as staff/faculty community building events and professional development programs.  

Professional development

Along the lines of increasing membership engagement, APASA will provide professional development resources for our membership through a series of brown bags, workshops, scholarship opportunities, and informal mentorship and networking opportunities. By providing these resources, we hope to support the advancement and promotion of API staff/faculty as well as enhance their visibility and recognition.  


Develop awareness and education for our API staff community, especially through our current campus climate changes and through campus bureaucracy.  This includes providing visibility for for our API staff to leadership roles on campus.

Identity Development

What does it mean to be an APASA general member?

  • There are various levels of involvement
  • Opportunity to build community with other API staff on campus
  • Hear first-hand of API related news happening on campus
  • Attend professional development, social, and career-focused events
  • Be a part of a large network of staff across campus

For anyone that wants to attend one of our steering committee meetings to learn more about us, feel free to email apasateam@gmail.com


Sidalia Reel, Director of Staff Diversity Initiatives

 APASA Sunny Low Award 2017 - Dr. Glenn DeGuzman

APASA Sunny Low Award Glenn DeGuzman

Glenn has historically and currently is very involved with service work with the Asian Pacific American community. Historically, Glenn served on APASA as the past Communication Chair and Financial Chair. I know he pushed hard for fundraising efforts and even helped start the annual Halo Halo fundraiser and the Amphora Olive Oil sale (Glenn knows the owner). Currently, despite his senior level position and crazy busy calendar, Glenn still tries to attend and help out APASA. For example, when possible he adjusts his schedule to take his staff to the halo halo fundraiser as part of his standing meetings, attend the brown bag lunch now and them. He has contributed to the silent auction by hosting a barbecue/shopping excursion in his home (which is quite costly...I know since I helped him plan and cook), participated in the auction as well by bidding, and he also has even entered cookies in the APASA baking contest! 

Glenn is also VERY involved on the national level and the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) with ACPA, a national professional association. He was the former Chair of APAN. He contributed a chapter in the 2012 book, "Asian Americans in Higher Education." He always helps them when asked. Currently, he was asked to help with the organization and their financial situation. He became the inaugural Financial Chair for APAN in August 2016.

Currently, Glenn is very involved in his home community. I know historically, he does a lot of leadership and diversity keynotes at other colleges. In fact, he was the Filipino Grad Keynote speaker at UC Berkeley several years ago. More recently, I know he gave a motivational speech for the Livermore Cub Scouts and consistently hosts/MCs at many Filipino-American Community events in Livermore such as their Fil-Am Holiday Festival and Spring Ball. Currently, he is trying to organize a workshop for Filipino high school students on preparing for college applications.

Glenn is a tremendous mentor. Glenn’s mentorship extends to API community members, APASA Members, staff, peers, students and external professionals

Many have gone to him for career advice and personal advice. I have seen Glenn create internships for people at UC Berkeley.

His efforts to help people advance in their careers is an example of someone committed to inclusion and equity. He fights so hard to ensure that APIs and other staff members are given a chance to advance by providing them with knowledge, advice, and opportunities to grow. He also is very committed to recognition. In fact, during my 11 years here, Glenn was the first person to nominate me for an award for my efforts, which I am so happy to receive. He shines a light on the great work that people do that can be overlooked. He is always thinking of others, helps us reflect on our strengths and talents, and giving all of us an equitable chance to succeed and be recognized.

I believe he is deserving of this award in the name of APASA Sunny Low Award 2017 because he represents someone who consistently demonstrated over the many years: service, mentoring, and his love for advancing the API community and others at UC Berkeley, Livermore, and beyond. He touches everyone he speaks to. 

Outstanding Mid Level Award – Kun Yang

APASA Sunny Low Award Kun Yang

Kun's contributions to programs or projects which positively impact students, staff, and/or faculty:

Kun has served as Learning & Develop Consultant and Administration Support to the Dream Big, Plan Big, and Go Big Staff Strategic Initiative on workplace culture for 3,000+ employees in Division of Student Affairs.

Led survey team in designing and launching the 1st survey to evaluate current work culture utilizing the Great Place to Work Trust Model. Where she was charged to analyzed data, generated reports, and provided recommendations, which served as the foundation of future culture work. 

Kun led the Divisional recognition program - Thanks to You Spotlight Award, which recognizes staff who are “living” Student Affairs values to make Berkeley a more awesome workplace. Since the program launch 2 years ago, 400+ employees were nominated by their colleagues. 

Kun was also on the Stay Day Student Experience Conference Planning Committee in 2015 and 2016. These campus wide conferences provided professional development and networking opportunities for 800+ student service professionals and administrators. It also provided staff members (like myself) the opportunity to present on critical topics in higher education and give back to our community. Kun was also the welcome keynote Pecha Kucha speaker at Stay Day 2016.

Kun volunteered APASA events since she started working at Berkeley in 2014. In 2015, she was elected as the External Relations Chair. She collaborated with APAHE to offer two fellowships to Berkeley APASA members for attending the conference and organized workshops on how to submit proposals. She also bought off professional opportunities to APASA from both on campus and local communities. As an Education & Advocacy Co-Chair in 2016 Steering Committee, Kun organized Race Talk Series and Guest Speaker series to improve awareness of issues related to the API community in support of APASA’s mission.


Elinor Gregorio
James Kato
Kristine Lee

Past Chair:
Sunny Lee

Marcia Gee Riley
Rod Santos

Communications Co-Chairs:
Darlene Mergillano
Tiffany Lui

Community & Social Programs Co-Chairs:
Jean Nguyen
Rhommel Canare

Education & Advocacy Co-Chairs:
Harris Mojadedi
Noah Romero

Fundraising Chair & Treasurer:
Millie Calingo

Membership & Assessment Chair:
Theresa Ajari

Professional Development Co-Chairs:
Eryn Hong
Kun Yang

Recorder & Historian:
Sarah Bonnickson